Renault today experienced a disappointing qualifying session in preparation for the Monaco Grand Prix. Following encouraging performances during free practice, the final positions they achieved were described by a statement as "only satisfactory".
Following a typical qualifying session at Monaco, with all the problems the congested track can bring, Jarno Trulli finished seventh with team-mate Jenson Button in eighth position. Sauber's Felipe Massa bore the brunt of both men's dissatisfaction.
Trulli, who was quickest in both Thursday and Saturday morning practice, was frustrated with his qualifying result. "Seventh position is disappointing when I was expecting to be in the top four. My first run was my only clear lap, and after that I hit traffic each time," he said.
"Twice, Massa's Sauber didn't move out of the way, even though he was just cruising around. I'm very angry about it. Even so, I want to thank the team for all their work, because I've had a very good car throughout this weekend. It's really frustrating, because we deserved better."
Button's best efforts were was also thwarted by traffic. "The car was good throughout the whole session - I didn't need to make any changes during the hour," he stated.
"I made a mistake on my third run, so I couldn't improve then, but the problem at the end was Massa. He slowed me down, just as for lots of other people, apparently. Something needs to be done about it."
Technical director Mike Gascoyne added: "We are disappointed as we were expecting more from qualifying. As the track got quicker, our drivers were both affected by traffic on their last three runs.
"Having said that, it's typical at Monaco, and everybody knows that. Up to now, we have had a competitive weekend, and we now look to reinforce our position during the race."